Portman Condemns Russian War Crimes in Ukraine Following Meeting with Ukrainian Prosecutor General Andriy Kostin

September 21, 2022 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) and Dick Durbin (D-IL), Co-Chairs of the Senate Ukraine Caucus, met with Ukraine’s Prosecutor General, Andriy Kostin to discuss the efforts to investigate and prosecute cases of war crimes conducted by Russia in Ukraine. Portman released the following statement:

“The United States stands with Ukraine and its efforts to hold Russia accountable for its heinous war crimes against the Ukrainian people. I enjoyed speaking with Prosecutor General Kostin today about ways that the United States can aid Ukraine in its efforts to investigate and prosecute cases of war crimes conducted by Russian soldiers in Ukraine,” said Portman. “I strongly encourage my colleagues to approve more funding for Ukraine. This will help Ukrainian prosecutors investigate more war crimes cases and secure justice for innocent victims, and it will help Ukrainian soldiers liberate their fellow citizens from future Russian atrocities.”

Last night, Senator Portman spoke on the Senate floor for the 23rd consecutive in-session week to detail Russia’s war on Ukraine. Portman focused on discoveries of Russian atrocities in recently liberated territories in northeast Ukraine, and made specific mention of the mass burial site found in the town of Izium, Ukraine, where over 400 graves were uncovered. On his eighth and most recent bipartisan trip to Ukraine last month with Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Portman saw similar grave sites and war-torn towns firsthand.